Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has called upon Hungary to refrain from interfering with the European Union’s decision-making process regarding financial assistance to Ukraine. In a statement made prior to a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels, Bettel emphasized that Hungary should not hold the EU hostage by linking the release of funds for Ukraine to the release of its own frozen EU funds.
The ongoing tensions between Hungary and the EU over the issue of EU funds have raised concerns among EU leaders. Prime Minister Bettel expressed confidence in finding a positive solution to the matter, despite potential opposition from his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban.
Bettel’s remarks highlight the significance of maintaining the EU’s decision-making autonomy and ensuring that financial aid is not politicized. He stressed that the release of funds for Ukraine should be determined based on the country’s needs and eligibility, rather than being contingent upon Hungary’s demands.
Hungary’s support for Ukraine has been a bone of contention between the country and the EU. The EU has been vocal about its concern over Hungary’s alleged violation of democratic values, prompting the freezing of certain EU funds. Meanwhile, Hungary has argued that it will not support the release of funds for Ukraine until its own frozen EU funds are released.
As EU leaders gather in Brussels to address various issues, including Ukraine’s financial assistance, the tensions between Hungary and the EU continue to loom large. Prime Minister Bettel’s plea for Hungary to respect the EU’s decision-making process reflects the importance of solidarity and cooperation within the Union.
It remains to be seen how this issue will unfold, with both sides showing no signs of backing down. The EU’s decision on financial assistance to Ukraine and the resolution of the frozen EU funds dispute with Hungary will undoubtedly impact the relationship between the Union and its member states.